Small Wars Journal

What Worries Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis

Sat, 05/27/2017 - 1:16pm

James Mattis, a Warrior in Washington by Dexter Filkins - The New Yorker

“The lack of political unity in America. The lack of a fundamental friendliness. It seems like an awful lot of people in America and around the world feel spiritually and personally alienated, whether it be from organized religion or from local community school districts or from their governments.”

-- James Mattis on what worries him as Secretary of Defense

Something is Not Right by Ruth Marcus, Washington Post

… Many of us these days find ourselves channeling our inner Miss Clavel.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, for one. In Dexter Filkins’s profile of Mattis for the New Yorker, the most striking moment comes when Mattis is asked what worries him most in his new role. Filkins expected to hear about the Islamic State, or Russia, or the defense budget.

Read on.